Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, has refused to comment on Mohammad Rizwan’s tweet following Pakistan’s emphatic victory over Sri Lanka in the high-scoring thriller in Hyderabad.
The Men in Green successfully chased down the mammoth target of 345 runs against Sri Lanka in Hyderabad to register their second victory of the tournament. Mohammad Rizwan played a big role, having played an unbeaten 131-run knock from 121 deliveries.
Here’s what Mohammad Rizwan wrote on X:
“This was for our brothers and sisters in Gaza. Happy to contribute to the win. Credits to the whole team and especially Abdullah Shafique and Hassan Ali for making it easier. Extremely grateful to the people of Hyderabad for the amazing hospitality and support throughout.”
Mohammad Rizwan’s statement on social media evoked a mixed reaction, with some users suggesting him to focus solely on cricket and avoid commenting on political issues.
Several fans even called upon the ICC to step in, but the ICC responded that, as the issue pertains to off-field actions, it falls under the jurisdiction of the player and the national cricket board, and they do not possess the authority to intervene.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s captain, Babar Azam, who participated in the pre-match press conference leading up to the highly anticipated India-Pakistan showdown, was questioned about Mohammad Rizwan’s tweet. In response, Babar Azam suggested that the focus should be on cricket-related inquiries rather than matters outside the game.
“I think we should stick to cricket-related matters, the conversation seems to be going off on a tangent,” Babar Azam said in the pre-match conference.
Pakistan will lock horns with the arch-rivals India in the upcoming most-anticipated match of the ICC World Cup 2023, set to be played on October 14 at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad.